Three Poems

 

Chicana poet Demetria Martínez.

On A Table

in the waiting room, 
Vogue magazine
model no longer
smiles at me,
she glares.
Despite decades
of face creams,
sunscreens,
crow’s feet
ring my eyes,
brown flecks
spot my cheeks.

Despite decades
of advertisements
I am not young.

I am not white.

 

Consuelo

Now Connie,
like having 
her hair cut
too short,
easy to 
pronounce
her kindergarten
teacher said.

It will take years
for Connie
to grow
her name
back, to look
in the mirror
and love
what she sees.

 

For Grandma Maria (who crossed over in 1910, at age 5, with her father, Teodoro Flores)

Juarez, El Paso.
The border
did not swallow
you up
or sink
into your ankles
like fangs.
A train carried you over
the threshold
like a new bride.
No veil
made of razor wire.
Sunlight, brilliant.
Song of the train’s
whistle.
Young, brown, 
innocent,
at the birth
of revolution, 
history let you
cross with a wave
of the hand.

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LALT Number 9
Number 9

Latin American Literature Today begins its third year of publication with an issue that takes in Venezuelan poetry, the writing of indigenous women, and the strange worlds of fiction. We open the journal's second volume with a dossier dedicated to Samanta Schweblin, an Argentine writer whose work tests the limits between the fantastic and the real, and then we shift to the poetry of Venezuelan poet Rafael Cadenas, winner of the 2018 Premio Reina Sofía de Poesía Iberoamericana. We also pause over Mapuche poetry, with a special selection of four young women poets who write in Mapuzungun and in Spanish, and we also stay up to date with the present debates surrounding one of the central figures of twentieth-century Latin American literature, Pablo Neruda, with an exclusive interview of his biographer Mark Eisner.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Featured Author: Samanta Schweblin

Dossier: Chicanx Literature

Indigenous Literature

Fiction

Chronicle

Poetry

Essays

Interviews

Translation Previews and New Releases

Nota Bene